The Presence of Absence


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$24.95  $23.20
David R. Godine Publisher
Publish Date
5.1 X 7.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Simon Van Booy has written more than a dozen works of fiction (including Night Came with Many Stars and The Presence of Absence) and is the editor of three volumes of philosophy. Raised in rural North Wales, Simon currently lives between London and New York, where he is a volunteer EMT for Central Park Medical Unit and RVAC. In early 2020, he rescued his first mouse.


"Flows with depth and power....From its outset, The Presence of Absence runs blood-rich with declarations that make you inhale sharply....wide-open wonder."
--Washington Post

"Rich in setting and emotion. As ever with Van Booy, the reader is in good hands."

--Publishers Weekly

"Simon Van Booy electrifyingly combines story with parable. The Presence of Absence boggles and reverberates: wise, witty and always breathtakingly beautiful."
--San Francisco Chronicle, Best Fiction of the Year

"Formally playful and fable-esque . . . If you don't just like reading, but reading about reading, then this is the book for you."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"With its elegant passages on love and the fallibility of memory . . . this indelible portrait of transience, sorrow and hope will move readers."
--Shelf Awareness

"It took some nerve to venture into this territory--death . . . we are privileged to encounter Max Little dying and pondering questions that date from the start of our species hundreds of thousands of years ago."
--East Hampton Star

"This amazed me. It's so deftly, delicately written, it seems as if real breeze is blowing--this, in the context of serious, sad subject matter. It's a perfect integration of form and content, though who would have imagined it this way except Simon Van Booy? Reading it made me think about the many things hidden in and from our lives that appear only when they do. It's a moving, brilliant book."

--Ann Beattie

"Some books have a voice that you tune into, a voice you know you can follow no matter where it's going...The Presence of Absence is impossible to resist. A captivating fable that echoes in the mind long after the book is finished."

--Ilya Kaminsky